Schoolly D (born Jesse B. Weaver) is one of Philadelphia's hip hop pioneers. With his early records he paved the way for the west coast's gangsta rappers.
Ice-T says about Schoolly D's record PSK:
The first record that came out along those lines was Schoolly D's 'P.S.K.' Then the syncopation of that rap was used by me when I made Six In The Morning. The vocal delivery was the same: '...P.S.K. is makin' that green', '...six in the morning, police at my door'. When I heard that record I was like "Oh shit!" and call it a bite or what you will but I dug that record. My record didn't sound like P.S.K., but I liked the way he was flowing with it. P.S.K. was talking about Park Side Killers but it was very vague. That was the only difference, when Schoolly did it, it was "...one by one, I'm knockin' em out". All he did was represent a gang on his record. I took that and wrote a record about guns, beating people down, and all that with Six In The Morning.
Musically, Schoolly and his DJ Code Money came up with electronic hardcore beats. Later on, Schoolly embraced the black consciousness style, working together with KRS One. He contributed songs and music to many Abel Ferrara films, and "Signifying Rapper" from Smoke Some Kill was used in Ferrara's film Bad Lieutenant. Schoolly also wrote "The Player" (for Blackout) as well as the score to the film R'Xmas. His last album, Funk 'n' Pussy, features guest appearances by Public Enemy's Chuck D, Chuck Chillout, Lady B and a Drum and Bass remix of the classic Schoolly D track "Mr. Big Dick" (remixed by UK trip-hop crew The Sneaker Pimps).
- Schoolly D (1986)
- Saturday Night (1987)
- Smoke Some Kill (1988)
- Am I Black Enough For You (1989)
- How a Black Man Feels (1991)
- Welcome To America (1994)
- Reservoir Dog (1995)
- Funk 'n' Pussy (2000)
- The Adventures of Schoolly D (1987)
- Compact disc compilation of the (vinyl only) first two albums
- The Jive Collection Volume 3 (1995)
- A Gangster's Story (1996)
- Best on Wax (2000)
- Best of Schoolly D (2003)
Schoolly also does the music for the cult animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force, an American cartoon on the Cartoon Network channel in its Adult Swim strand.